Sumo Prints - The ancient sport of Japanese sumo wrestling proved a popular subject for woodblock print artists during the Edo and Meiji eras. Portraits of individual champion wrestlers often depict them during the ring entering ceremony, wearing a ceremonial belt that opens into an apron trimmed with fringed. Other designs show the athletes in action during matches, with the referee and judges present in front of crowds of other sumo and enthusiastic patrons. Matches were sometimes held on the grounds of a temple to raise funds for the temple, with temporary arenas erected for the event. These interesting prints are a nice choice for a collector interested in this classic Japanese sport.
Comments - Lively scene of two sumo wrestlers in the ring during a match. At right, a referee with a fan darts about with a worried expression, while a judge watches calmly from a cushion at left. A great composition with expressive figures.
Artist - Kuniteru II (1829 - 1874)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 28 7/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Small tear, repaired. A few creases, staining, slight curling. Please see photos for details.